The race for champion of 2015 MotoGP has been 8 days old when Jorge Lorenzo finally secured the trophy away from Valentino Rossi, his close contender in the 2015 Championship. When most riders and teams alike have been preparing for looking forward to 2016 season, some people remain stuck on their seat of complaining about what was happening in the Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, during the ultimate battle between the two Yamaha Movistar riders, that was finally won by Lorenzo.
Injustice and mistreatment are advanced altogether in order to support Rossi that was presumably cheated by the spanish riders. On the other side, those being opponent to the Urbino-born rider have been claiming that Rossi has demonstrated the low level of a great man in the sport. Those in neutral position are more concerned about the near future of MotoGP in 2016 season that may not be as interesting as the previous years, especially when Rossi was in fair condition to contend.
However, we should be making a careful judgment when considering Rossi’s complaint of him being cheated, either by Dorna or those Spanish riders. Looking at the preliminary practice right after the Valencia race was concluded may be providing the reason behind Rossi’s resistance. With Michelin coming into the track of every circuit for 2016 onward in replacing the then-incumbent tyre provider, Bridgestone, riders from every level of competence, both rookies and advanced, must have been adjusting their riding styles to the completely new tyres provided by Michelin.
Evidence has been laying itself. Ricardo Tormo of Valencia has seen many riders finding it difficult to handle the bike with Michelin tyres installed on their rides. Most of those riders have never escaped crash or simply sliding when doing the test. This is not to add Magneti-Marelli-manufactured ECU to this worse situation.
With recent condition observed during the Valencia test, Rossi may not be able to come up with ability to extend his curriculum vitae with 10th world champion title. Along with the fact that Rossi is the oldest rider so far in the track, Rossi’s desire to claim his 10th world champion title may be as hard as other riders to gain their opportunity to grab the similar title.
Valencia test is surely not the final parameter to observe when talking about performance every rider has made. Sepang is yet to come that is more suitable to make the final judgment. But, Rossi, through his resistance as well as his fans throughout the world, has shown that next season of MotoGP in 2016 will be much tougher, not only him, but also for any other riders.